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That Night in Rio (1941)

Approved | | Comedy , Musical | 11 April 1941 (USA)
An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

George Seaton (screen play), Bess Meredyth (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Baroness Duarte
Don Ameche ... Larry Martin / Baron Duarte
Carmen Miranda ... Carmen
S.Z. Sakall ... Penna
J. Carrol Naish ... Machado
Curt Bois ... Salles
Leonid Kinskey ... Pierre
Bando da Lua Bando da Lua ... Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
Frank Puglia ... Pedro
Lillian Porter Lillian Porter ... Luiza
Maria Montez ... Inez
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Ambassador
Eddie Conrad ... Alfonso (as Edward Conrad)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Pereira
Flores Brothers Trio Flores Brothers Trio ... Specialty Trio (as Flores Brothers)
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An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Have a rendezvous with music and gaiety ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquella noche en Río See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play, "The Red Cat" by Hans Adler, opened in New York on 19 September 1934. It had a brief run of 13 performances. Fox Studios head Darryl F. Zanuck financed the play's brief Broadway production so he could purchase the movie rights. In 1935, Zanuck used the play as the basis for the movie Folies Bergère de Paris (1935), starring Maurice Chevalier. Following That Night in Rio (1941), Fox Studios again used the play as the basis for On the Riviera (1951), starring Danny Kaye. In fact, a case could be made that the plot was "borrowed" for the Kevin Kline-Sigourney Weaver movie Dave. See more »

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Baroness: [Larry has made a plan with the baroness to help her get even with her husband. Larry meets the baron in the hall, where he explains to the baron what his wife intended to do. Larry leaves, and the baron enters the room, where the baroness mistakes him for look-alike Larry] Oh, hurry! Hurry, I just saw his car in the driveway. Now, get ready. I expect him to come in any minute. He didn't see you, did he? Oh. A little closer, huh? No, no. Maybe you'd better take me in your arms. Oh, I'll show him...
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Soundtracks

Chica Chica Boom Chic
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Portuguese Lyrics by Pedro Berrios
Sung by Don Ameche and Carmen Miranda
Copyright 1941
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music, music, music
3 March 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

MGM musicals may have been more extravagant, but 20th Century Fox musicals are the most fun. In "That Night in Rio," in order to save a business deal, a look-alike actor (Don Ameche) is hired to impersonate a baron (Don Ameche) who is out of town trying to raise money. The Baron is married to Cecilia (Alice Faye) but in name only; they go their separate ways. When the actor takes over, with Faye's knowledge, he is extremely attentive, to the consternation of his girlfriend (Carmen Miranda).

This is a cute story, nothing new about it, but it is done in an amusing way. At one point, the Baron returns from his trip early, and the two Barons are in a room at the same time. They keep switching back and forth while talking to a businessman. The businessman, convinced someone else is in the room after hearing noises behind a screen and seeing the screen move, decides to continue the conversation in French. The actor, of course, can't speak it, so has to say oui, oui throughout. It's very funny. Also, the businessman searches behind the screen - the actor walks from behind the screen and into the room while the Baron goes the opposite way meets the businessman behind the screen and says, "See?" indicating there is no one there.

The cast is the typical Fox musical cast - by 1941, Tyrone Power was no longer doing musicals, so it's Ameche, Faye, and Carmen Miranda. Miranda is very funny and outlandishly dressed as usual; Faye sings well and looks lovely, although she seems stuffed into a gold gown.

There is plenty of music - in fact, the whole beginning is one number after another. Miranda sings a couple of her standards: "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)," and "Chica Chica Boom Chic." Ameche and Faye sing "Boa Noite" and "They Met in Rio" - and there are plenty of production numbers.

Wonderfully entertaining.


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